Apple Rejects Opera Browser From iPhone

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has blocked Opera Software ASA (OSL:OPERA) from releasing their own browser software into the App Store.  The Opera browser is already supported by Windows Mobile and many people use it as their default rather than Internet Explorer.  It seems that Microsoft is giving users more choice when it comes to mobile devices.

Since the co-founder and CEO of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner was interviewed by The New York Times a few days ago, there has been speculation for why Apple blocked them.  The biggest reason is that Opera directly competes with the Safari web browser.  Another reason why it is possible that Opera was blocked is that it has a Javascript interpreter built-in which has a tendency to use up a lot of memory and crash often.

Apple’s Safari browser has a lot of positives to it, but it does not support Flash for the iPhone.  Apple tried to compensate it’s lack of Flash-support by providing a separate YouTube program that automatically full-screens any videos that are watched.  But is that really enough?